The home automation nightmare you need to consider
An agent in San Francisco received a call from a client. The buyer thought something was wrong with the furnace in their new home because it was acting like it had a mind of it’s own.
The buyer noticed that the home was warm all the time regardless of where the thermostat was set. They would set the furnace on 70º and then later when it felt warm again would see that it was set on 80º.
This happened multiple times, until the call to the agent.
After some detective work by the agent, they discovered that the former owner was cold in their new house. And was trying to make it warmer using the app on their phone. To everyone’s surprise, it was still connected to the thermostat in the old home.
No one had thought to disconnect the home automation from the previous owner.
While this was a honest mistake, just think what could happen in the hands of someone nefarious. It’s especially concerning when you think about the items that are being connected to internet today: keyless entry locks, alarm systems, garage door openers and security cameras.
Even though the agreement ends when the sale is closed, my loyalty to you extends far beyond the end of the contract.
I want you to be safe, happy and healthy in your home for a long time.
Don’t think this only applies to buyers, every seller increases their liability if they do not completely disconnect from automation when they close.
It’s so important that I dug deep for more information on this subject and found a home automation checklist for people who are buying and selling a smart home.
If you want a copy, just hit reply and I’ll send it to you right away.
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